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University of Georgia
Department of Economics and Department of International Affairs

Terry College of Business

600 S Lumpkin St

Athens, GA 30605

United States

Research Interests

Development Economics, Public Economics, Political Economy, the Economics and Politics of Poverty Reduction, Early-Child Development, Household Coping with Weather Shocks, Gender Bias in Intra-Household Resource Allocation, Corruption


Topics to speak on:

the economics and politics of poverty reduction and program design, public-works programs in India, the causes and consequences of son preference, how households cope with weather shocks, political and economic incentives in policy design and implementation, causal inference with non-experimental statistical methods, political dynamics in the development process


Laura holds a joint position as a tenured associate professor in the Department of Economics and the Department of International Affairs at the University of Georgia in the United States. Born and raised in Germany, she received her BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford, and her MA and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on two areas: Studying the economic and political impacts of large government policies in developing countries to generate a holistic picture of how anti-poverty efforts can be made more effective; and understanding how households deal with economic shocks, particularly with respect to the allocation of resources to women and girls.